- LEONARDO DICAPRIO’S DINAH SHORE ESTATE BY DONALD WEXLER (PALM SPRINGS, CA)
The phoenix-like revival of Palm Springs has been well-documented and lovingly appreciated. The houses and architecture that were abandoned like bones at a barbecue during the Eighties and Nineties roared back into vogue as the world rediscovered mid-century modernism. (Architecture geeks, check out palmspringsmoderntours.com and themoderntour.com for excellent guided tours through this design hood.) As one of the key players in the Palm Springs school, architect Donald Wexler created sublimely simple pavilions of glass and often steel. One of his most luxurious commissions was the Dinah Shore Estate (1964), smack dab in the middle of what could be called the Beverly Hills of Palm Springs – the neighbourhood of Old Las Palmas, a setting of flat labyrinthine streets and high-walled estates.
Quiet and peaceful, perfect for bicycling and projectile-weeping house envy. Did Leonardo DiCaprio buy this important home to have a party pad during Coachella? Maybe. It’s hard to separate the DiCaprio mojo from your experience here. It’s sexy as hell being in that hot sun and tranquil pool, and under those stars at night. If you can’t get laid in this house, something is truly amiss.